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A tool that provides the user with complete freedom in testing new SLS powder materials for additive manufacturing.

Switzerland-based SLS 3D printer manufacturer Sintratec has announced the development of a software tool that could open new possibilities for SLS material development.

The new solution comes to address an issue inherent to most SLS 3D printers which can process common SLS powders such as PA12 nylon or TPE elastomer, but lack of options for niche applications when it comes to special material requirements.

The software comes therefore with a feature called “Material Developer Upgrade” that can open up new possibilities for material research and development. This feature is flexible, fast, and fully integrated into the Sintratec Central printing software.

 Configurations can be made each step along the process – from digital part preparation to various steps during printing. Users can adjust over 100 parameters in total. Those include slicing settings, layer application behaviour, laser power, control of heating zones and many more. Furthermore, users can completely customize the laser pathing strategy with scripts, the company says.

The MDU is meant to unleash innovation – whether it is to adapt existing powder materials or to develop entirely new ones. And thanks to the modularity of the Sintratec S2 system, simultaneous development of multiple materials becomes a feasible reality. Since the laser sintering module is never in direct contact with the material specific, movable core unit no cross-contamination occurs. This allows for a much faster research speed and easy adoption of the material into production lines, a press release reads.

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